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Hashtag Happy Ending

Hashtag Happy Ending

At the beginning of March Madness, Bob wrote about Cinderella stories in the sports world. But for this Carolina girl, the college basketball season had a less-than-happy ending. For those of you who missed the most exciting, nail-biting national championship game in history, UNC’s Prince Charming, Marcus Paige, made a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left in the game, tying Carolina and Villanova 74-74. But Villanova then scored its own 3-pointer right before the clock ran out, winning the title of 2016 NCAA Champions. If only I could re-write history, I would have had Carolina

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Smile! You’re on Candid Camera

Smile! You're on Candid Camera

Last week’s Snake on the Glass got lots of you talking. Did the truck driver who filmed a snake on his windshield deserve to be fired? It was a 50/50 split. Roughly half of you agreed with me that the driver deserved to be terminated for filming while operating a commercial vehicle. The other half of you felt firing was too severe a punishment – in fact, one of you even accused me of becoming a “mean old man” as I age, which made me LOL (further proof that I just may be an

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A Snake on the Glass

A Snake on the Glass

We’ve all heard of a snake in the grass, but have you heard about the snake on the glass? Or, the windshield, to be more precise. I’m a little late to the party, but I just learned about this story and I wanted your opinion. Last year, trucker Brian M. Wilds was driving down the highway when he noticed a huge snake slithering across his driver’s side window and windshield, trying to find a way inside the truck. Wilds grabbed his phone and filmed it, then posted two videos on Facebook, intended for his

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An Un-a-Peeling Controversy

An Un-a-Peeling Controversy

I’m not one to be ashamed of convenience, especially on a Monday. Lord knows, I take advantage of any modern marvel that makes my life a little easier. Forgot to pack my son Timbo’s lunch? Those prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a lifesaver. The boys want a cooked breakfast every day? We stock up on frozen boxes of pancakes or waffles – I say let them pop breakfast in the toaster if they want something hot to eat on a busy morning! But recently I came across the kind of convenience I

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A Disastrous Vacation

A Disastrous Vacation

I’m writing it from my phone, stuck in an airport. My wife and I had planned to take the week to jet down to Puerto Rico for a getaway celebrating our wedding anniversary, and it’s turned into a nightmare. In my house, I’m the one who makes all the travel plans. It’s my job to book the flights, choose the hotel, and plan the itinerary. Lucky me – when things go right I get all the love. But when they don’t? Well – I’m the fool. My wife took one look at our hotel

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Alabama Rivalry Takes to the Road

Alabama Rivalry Takes to the Road

I was traveling this weekend from Alabama to North Carolina, so I had plenty of time to reflect on Bob’s Thought for the Weekend about vanity plates. Last month, during my trip home from a visit to our Wilmington, NC headquarters, I was rear-ended. I should have had my own vanity license plate: UR2CLOS! The state of Alabama gets a lot of flack from the rest of the nation. And while its residents may be short on some things, we’re certainly rich in love for our sports teams, our families, God, and country (quite

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You’re So Vain (I Bet You Think This License Plate is About You)

You're So Vain (I Bet You Think This License Plate is About You)

As Americans, we can’t get enough of showing our individuality. From customizable covers for our phones, to a sports jersey with our own last name, to monogrammed towels, we’ve always been a nation of individuals. As a business owner, I tip my hat when someone finds a way to make an extra buck off of people’s natural desire to be themselves, so I’ve always been fascinated with the vanity license plate phenomenon. For those unaware, vanity plates are the license plates you see out and about on the road that buck the trend of

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Technology Face Off

Technology Face Off

Good morning, class! Last week, we reviewed ‘selfies’ and ‘photobombing’ as our new vocabulary words, but in today’s world, new terms in technology and social media pop up every day. Did you know, for example, that LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is now considered passe and the hipper way to laugh online is Ha or Haha or even Hahaha? Looks like it’s time for another lesson…. This week, we try and stay ahead of the curve by catching up to a trend that’s still in its early stages – have you heard of face swapping?

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Park It Right There

Park It Right There

Sometimes, parking is a challenge. I guess it’s why this video of a FedEx truck driver went viral, getting over half-a-million views. The truck driver skillfully reversed his big rig into a very narrow loading dock bay in lower Manhattan. Would you have the skills – or the courage – to attempt that parking job? For many people, it seems that parking is a huge challenge. I repeatedly see people struggling just to back into a parking space at the supermarket–even those with the new backup cameras in their cars! Then, there are those

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Photobomb Squad

Photobomb Squad

First, there was the selfie. Although the concept has been around for ages, the term ‘selfie’ didn’t really hit the scene until 2005. By 2012, it was a part of the general lexicon. Time magazine named selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year. Then in 2013, the Oxford Dictionary added selfie to its online dictionary. By 2014, the term ‘photobomb’ arrived on the scene, in large part, thanks to an adorable stingray. For those not in the know, it’s a simple enough concept – what’s supposed to be a normal, nice

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